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Brenda Denyer, 61, from Surrey, had been diagnosed with coeliac disease - but still suffered symptoms

Brenda Denyer, 61, from Surrey, had been diagnosed with coeliac disease – but still suffered symptoms

Sitting in a taverna in Greece, Brenda Denyer saw nothing on the menu that she was allowed to eat.

The retired medical secretary had recently been diagnosed with coeliac disease, an autoimmune condition where the immune system reacts to gluten — a protein in foods containing wheat, barley or rye.

The immune system’s reaction damages the gut lining, causing bloating, nausea and diarrhoea.

A gluten-free diet is essential to prevent further health problems, such as osteoporosis. This means coeliacs must avoid standard bread, pasta and flour.

By the time of her holiday three years ago, Brenda, 61, from Knaphill, near

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